Vehicle maintenance: Four-post lifts let you efficiently service trucks

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Truck maintenance: Forward Lift’s new CR Series four-post vehicle lifts are designed to help heavy-duty service facilities efficiently get trucks and buses back on the road. They feature faster rise times and more user-friendly features for improved productivity, as well as fewer moving parts for reduced maintenance versus traditional heavy-duty four-post lifts.

“CR Series lifts offer a new twist on the traditional four-post lift design,” said John Uhl, sales and brand manager for Forward Lift. “All four posts are identical, and each has its own battery-powered hydraulic cylinder. This offers several operational and maintenance advantages over single-cylinder models. CR Series lifts are a cost-effective way for any shop to boost heavy-duty service productivity.”

Since each CR Series post has its own hydraulic cylinder, there are no cables, chains or sheaves under the runways to lubricate and maintain. The four cylinders are all inverted, so their chrome piston rods remain protected from debris and damage, even in the up position.

Identical posts mean that a CR Series lift can be operated from any corner of the bay for maximum convenience. Each post features a patented control system with an intuitive, easy-to-use graphic layout of the lift and real-time height reading. The lifts can be configured for pre-programmed lifting cycles, enabling users to quickly turn on the control panels and raise the lift to its desired height.

To minimize installation costs, CR Series lifts are anchored to the shop floor with four easy-to-install wedge anchors at each post. No site preparation or excavation is needed. There is also no need to run expensive 220V wiring during installation, since the battery-powered lifts’ onboard chargers require only a standard 110V electrical connection.

A CR Series lift’s batteries are able to raise a vehicle 78 inches in just 65 seconds, which is higher and faster than a traditional four-post lift. CR Series lifts are also fully functional when the power goes out, so a vehicle will never be stranded up on the lift.

The 50,000 lb. capacity CR50 and 60,000 lb. capacity CR60 models are each available with runway lengths of 28 or 33 feet to fit any facility’s needs. Optional accessories include 25,000 lb. capacity rolling bridge jacks for wheels-free work, high-efficiency work lights for improved visibility and drive-through ramps that make exiting the lift fast and easy.

All CR Series lift configurations have been third-party tested and certified by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) to meet ANSI safety and performance standards.

About Forward Lift
Established in 1968, Forward Lift is a leading manufacturer of vehicle lifts for a wide range of customers, including independent repair shops, car dealers, body shops, national accounts, vehicle enthusiasts, hobbyists and heavy-duty truck maintenance facilities. Its products are available from local distributors and many leading national parts suppliers.

Forward Lift is a Vehicle Service Group (VSG) brand. VSG comprises nine global vehicle lifting and collision repair brands: Forward® Lift, Rotary® Lift, Chief® Automotive Technologies, Direct-Lift®, Hanmecson®, Revolution® Lift, Elektron, Blitz® and nogra®. Based in Madison, Ind., VSG has operations worldwide, including ISO-9001-certified manufacturing facilities on three continents. VSG is part of the Engineered Systems segment of Dover Corporation, a multi-billion dollar, global producer of innovative equipment, specialty systems and value-added services.

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